Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ryan Kelly and Alexandra Sayre were racing fast at Racing Mason

In the United States, indoor track season is in the winter. Outdoor track season is during the spring. Cross-country season comes in the fall. But every day of the year is running season. So even though Georgia's high school cross-country season had ended two weeks earlier with the GHSA State Championship Meet, On Saturday morning, 17 November 2018, there were more than a few cross-country runners racing on the streets of Valdosta, Georgia at the inaugural Racing Mason 5K. Valdosta High cross-country coach Ryan Kelly won the race by more than 400 meters, covering the 3.1-mile course in 18:29. Alexandra Sayre, a junior on the Lowndes High cross-country team, took the women's title, placing fifth overall in 22:47. 52 athletes finished the first-year race.

Mason Thompson, a sophomore harrier at Valdosta High, finished runner-up in the 5K with a 20:13. A Lowndes High harrier, senior Micahel Kelly, placed third in 20:20. Austin Bruhl, another senior on the Lowndes High squad, took fourth in 22:30. Rick Mazurkiewicz was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fifth in the men's standings and sixth overall in 22:48. Mazurkiewicz is a community coach for the Lowndes High cross-country team.

Tracy Cole was the second woman in the race and tenth overall in 24:11. Casie Ward was the third woman and sixteenth overall in 27:04. Lowndes High frosh Bianca Anderson placed fourth on the women's side and eighteenth overall in 27:21. Nicole Anderson was the top woman master and fifth female finisher, nineteenth overall in 28:00.

Proceeds of the Racing Mason 5K and one-mile fun run are earmarked for new playground equipment for Mason Elementary School in Valdosta.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Racing Mason 5K
  1. 18:29, Ryan Kelly (M, 39)
  2. 20:13, Mason Thompson (M, 16)
  3. 20:20, Michael Kelly (M, 17)
  4. 22:30, Austin Bruhl (M, 15)
  5. 22:48, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 51)
  6. 23:13, Alan Johnson (M, 58)
  7. 23:26, Gary Cox (M, 49)
  8. 24:08, William Gerber (M, 14)
  9. 25:55, Kevin Moore (M, 34)
  10. 26:21, Trent Schillinger (M, 15)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Racing Mason 5K
  1. 22:47, Alexandra Sayre (F, 17)
  2. 24:11, Tracey Cole (F, 39)
  3. 27:04, Casie Ward (F, 26)
  4. 27:21, Bianca Anderson (F, 14)
  5. 28:00, Nicole Anderson (F, 46)
  6. 31:05, Sharon Borg (F, 55)
  7. 32:00, Famia Braaf (F, 27)
  8. 33:11, Jessica Perron (F, 31)
  9. 33:12, Beth Norman (F, 35)
  10. 33:37, Rebecca Chesser (F, 24)


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